At CCFC, our favorite time of the year is Screen-Free Week! In a typical January, we would begin our annual process of supporting celebrants all over the globe – in schools, in neighborhoods, in whole cities and countries – who join us for an entire week of unplugging from digital devices. But with the pandemic, what we all need around screens right now looks very different from household to household, from town to town. We’re in the same storm, different boats.

So, this year for Screen-Free Week 2021, we’re inviting you to come as you are and celebrate however you can, whether it’s by unplugging for one day, shutting off your phone at dinner time, spending more time outdoors, or taking the whole week to only use screens for work and school and enjoy some serious offline fun!

We don’t want to put any additional pressure on schools and organizations whose plates are overflowing, so we’re keeping it simple: participate as you can. Our fun resources will be here when you need them – from activity ideas to organizing kits to pledge cards and beyond! Our resource library is being updated with 2021 materials as we speak.

One of the best and easiest ways to unplug is to pick up a book! This year we’ll revive our popular Screen-Free Book list, a unique directory of titles about unplugging for kids of all ages, created in partnership with Children’s Book Week (the same week as Screen-Free Week!). Find last year’s here.

We certainly don’t know what May will look like in 2021, but we’re all in this together. Kids, grown-ups: we all need a little time to put down our digital entertainment devices in favor of real-life connection and play. So, SAVE THE DATE, May 3-9, 2021 and join us when and how you can for Screen-Free Week 2021.